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Pot Cases Going Back To Court
Posted by CN Staff on November 26, 2003 at 07:03:35 PT
By CBC News Online Staff
Source: CBC
Halifax   Crown attorneys in Nova Scotia will once again prosecute people for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The lawyers stopped prosecuting these cases in April when several judges ruled Canada's marijuana laws were too vague.The issue goes back three years to Ontario where an Appeal Court threw out a possession charge, arguing the marijuana laws are unclear. The Ontario ruling gave federal politicians one year to make changes, and when that didn't happen the court tossed out the case.
Several recent court rulings in Ontario have clarified the law, so prosecutors throughout Atlantic Canada are once again serving notice they will prosecute charges of simple possession of pot. "If we find somebody illegally possessing cannabis products they're going to be arrested and charged  it's that simple," says RCMP Sgt. Wayne Noonan.But prosecutors won't go ahead with cases that fall within the two-year period the marijuana law was unclear. Justice Department lawyers in Nova Scotia dropped an appeal of one of those cases Tuesday. One marijuana activist says the decision to resume prosecuting minor possession cases is simply a make-work project."The amount of money it's going to cost taxpayers to prosecute these people, people who have made a social choice to smoke cannabis and it'll leave them with criminal records, I just think it's absolutely egregious that we're back to Square 1," says Melanie Patriquen."It's going to take the Supreme Court of Canada to nullify this whole dog and pony show."Both police and prosecutors say these cases are a low priority and they aren't targetting small-time users.Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Published: November 25, 2003Copyright: 2003 CBCContact: letters cbc.ca Website: http://www.cbc.ca/Related Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Linkshttp://freedomtoexhale.com/can.htmProsecutors Pass Pot Issue Along To Ottawa http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread17865.shtmlDrug Scheme Full of Mixed Messageshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread16429.shtmlCrown Puts Pot Possession Cases on Holdhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread15909.shtml
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on November 26, 2003 at 12:37:42 PT
BGreen 
You just cracked me up! Overalls on cats! Too Much! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! LOL!
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on November 26, 2003 at 12:35:38 PT
How do you get your cats to farm, FoM?
I can barely get the overalls on my cat, let alone get her to do any real work around here. :-)Happy Thanksgiving!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 26, 2003 at 10:09:53 PT
Nuevo Mexican
Thank you and yes we will be together. I'm going to make a nice meal and then watch Farm Aid. I have it all planned. Last year was difficult because of my husband's Father passing away but it will be a little easier this year. Time always helps. Even my dogs and farm cats will get a special meal. I spoil them too on Thanksgiving.
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Comment #4 posted by Nuevo Mexican on November 26, 2003 at 10:03:55 PT
Happy Thanksgiving to you, FOM!
and all at Cannabis News! Hope you get to spend it with your hubby! Your work here is making a huge difference in the world, and you are a great role model as well! Not that you're trying, it's just a 'side-effect' of the hazards of your chosen work!
We are winning!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 26, 2003 at 09:35:06 PT
Nuevo Mexican
I just wanted to say have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. Try not to miss the Farm Aid concert tomorrow night at 9 PM on PBS. It's two hours and should be good. Willie Nelson and Neil Young sounds good to me!
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Comment #2 posted by Nuevo Mexican on November 26, 2003 at 09:17:28 PT
The law is an ass! (as it is abused by the law!)
I look forward to these arrests to be thrown out as well, notice how they admit only now, that there were no laws against Cannabis use for the last two years, but would never admit it while it was happening, these people live in a world of legalized denial, (judges, LEO's, the courts, lawyers, politicians, sorry if I left someone out).'But prosecutors won't go ahead with cases that fall within the two-year period the marijuana law was unclear. Justice Department lawyers in Nova Scotia dropped an appeal of one of those cases Tuesday.' More on the 'law' and the medias role in lynching Cannabis users:Politicians and people like 'Republican' Prosecutor 'Tom Sneddon' aka MJ's leading lyncher (this is a bush/rove/media job, I can't believe anyone here has bought into the medias diversionary story about MJ, just look at the timing and the lack of any arrest, there seems to be NO case against Michael, (the accusers have been exposed, end of story) just a convenient diversion from bushes disasterous visit to England). And Americans bought it, shame on you, watch this case dissappear and go away, just as planned. To be replaced by something just as bizarre and distracting. And involving a 'celebrity'. Works every time!Wake up MJ hating Cannabists! You've been had again! Stop buying into the medias lie, and huckstering for bush and his war criminal administration! Blair is the pedophile, and when the story broke last year, British law put it back in the box, I ask, where was the outrage? I know, I know, you never heard about it, and that is the point! Somehow, You won't in a 'Democracy that practices freedom of speech', go figure! Revolt Against Blair Explodes Across U.K.http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3009_revolt_vs_blair.htmlHere is a breaking story, VERY GOOD NEWS, and quite revealing as to how the police are trained and intructed in how to make a protester look guilty, (just place suspicious nap-sacks around him, but they didn't get the photographer,
and now all of the heroic hunger striking Thesalonliki Seven have been released):http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?
lang=el&article_id=162884The photos:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2003/11/282014.htmlFrom 'The man can't even speak' dept:Bush speech digitally edited to correct bushs convoluted syntax::http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/02/26/politics/main502099.shtmlMemo stolen by Republicans admitted, but the damage was done, and it shut the Democrats up, just as planned!http://smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=13929&mode=nested&order=0&thold=0Bush brings the war home, picks up where the war on Cannabis leaves off: moral, don't believe the police!Unions: Police broke Protest Promise:
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1126-03.htm
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 26, 2003 at 07:09:52 PT
NDP Caucus Breaks with Layton on Marijuana Policy
 By Kim Lunman, From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Ottawa  NDP Leader Jack Layton's call for legalizing marijuana is not getting the support of all of his MPs.Earlier this month, Mr. Layton told the Vancouver-based Internet site Pot TV that marijuana is ''a wonderful substance'' that should be legalized and urged pot smokers to vote for the NDP in the federal election next spring.The New Democrats' current policy on marijuana laws endorses decriminalization, and some New Democrat MPs say it should stay that way."My position is quite clear," said Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer. "I support decriminalization, not legalization." 
Complete Article: http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/story/RTGAM.20031126.undp1126/BNStory/National/
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